Singer/songwriter Simon Maclaren formed sonic rockers the Subliminals after his stint in Loves Ugly Children. But after only two recordings in the space of a couple of years, the band were no more. The Crystal Chain EP (1999) and the album United States (2000) were much acclaimed however, with Sunday Star Times music critic Grant Smithies describing United States as "the best local rock album in years". Subliminals drummer Brendan Moran later went on to join fellow Flying Nun act The Hasselhoff Experiment.
The band plays a hypnotic groove in a room washed with red and then blue light as a woman with an expression of grim foreboding walks down a beach carrying two bags, towards a scarecrow with a mannequin’s face standing in the sand. Vertical scratches mark the film of the band’s performance, as the woman unpacks the contents of her bags and turns the area beneath the scarecrow into a shrine which she kneels before. But then, as the band briefly breaks free of its groove, she circles the scarecrow, wrestles with it and drags it towards the sea.
Director Marc Swadel says he made this clip with "300 bucks and one re-used 100 foot reel of 16mm film" - but it's a triumph of style over budget. It's grungy and spacey, with a spinning glitter ball, scratched-in stars, spilt milk, and a dreamy slacker/stoner 'dance' performance from this short-lived but acclaimed Flying Nun combo.